Approaches To Medical Research

Subject BMSC40004 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 22
Total Time Commitment:

22 contact hours with an estimated total time commitment of 170 hours (including non-contact time)


Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Honours) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) to complete this subject.

Available to Honours students in Medical Biology with approval of the Head of Department.

Students must have completed a three-year undergraduate degree in a relevant science discipline, e.g. BSc., BBiomed. Or equivalent.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Completed three-year undergraduate degree in a relevant science discipline.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Keely Bumsted O'Brien, Dr Leigh Coultas, Dr Melissa Call


Subject Coordinators:

Dr Keely Bumsted Obrien

Dr Melissa Call

Dr Leigh Coultas

Administrative Coordinator:

Ms Sue Hardy

Subject Overview:

Introductory lectures to biomedical research incorporating experimental, statistical, regulatory, ethical and presentation themes that will prepare for successful conduction and completion of an Honours project in biomedical science.

(1) Introductory Lectures held in February and March, themes: experimental methods, oral and written presentation, scientific responsibilities, scientific misconduct, animal ethics regulation, information technologies, occupational health and safety (8 contact hours).

(2) Specialist Sessions held from March to May, themes: commercialisation, flow cytometry, cell culture, high-throughput screening, monoclonal antibody production, proteomics, sequencing, imaging and microscopy, Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) regulations (6 contact hours)

(3) Lectures: experimental design and statistics, held in February to May (8 contact hours)

Learning Outcomes:

To provide an introduction to biomedical research including experimental methods, experimental design and statistics, oral and written presentation, scientific responsibilities, scientific misconduct, animal ethics regulation and information technologies.

  • One written assignment (2000 words), 2 days allowed, in May – 50%
  • One written examination, 1 hr duration, in April – 50%
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Development of an understanding of experimental design, approach and evaluation with consideration of the regulatory framework and ethical issues.

Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Medical Biology

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